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Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Methods of Microeconomic Program and Policy Evaluation

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  • Jeff Borland

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Melbourne)

  • Yi-Ping Tseng

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    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

  • Roger Wilkins

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    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

Abstract

In this paper we review new empirical methods for evaluating microeconomic policies. Experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation measure the causal impact of a policy by comparing outcomes in the presence of the policy 'treatment' with outcomes in the absence of this treatment. For example, evaluation of a government program involves comparing outcomes associated with participation and non-participation in the program. We describe the motivation for the use of experimental and quasi-experimental methods, the types of policy effects that they can identify, and how they are implemented. Application of experimental and quasi-experimental methods is illustrated through a brief review of a variety of recent Australian studies that have evaluated microeconomic policies such as labour market programs, welfare payments policies, education policies, health policies and minimum wage laws.

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Paper provided by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne in its series Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series with number wp2005n08.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:iae:iaewps:wp2005n08

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